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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Lone Working Training for voluntary/charity groups
    23 September 2021

    This course has been specifically developed to enable employers, employees, and volunteers to gain a better understanding of Lone working hazards, control measures and responsibilities under current UK Health and Safety legislation. Who is this course designed for? Lone Working impacts on all businesses and organisations, as such this course provides a sound background for employees / ...

  • Trustee Training
    23 September 2021

    Why attend trustee training? Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely rewarding role but it’s not always easy to get all the information you require to be sure you are carrying out your role as effectively as possible. This training will help give you an overview of ...

  • NCVO Members’ Assembly, Reading
    22 September 2021

    RVA is delighted to be co-hosting a free online Members’ Assembly with NCVO. This event is aimed at staff and trustees from NCVO members in and around Reading. Non-member organisations in the area are also welcome. Join us to: hear the latest on public policy and other current issues facing the sector, and how NCVO is working ...

  • Citizens Advice Reading looking for a charity to share their office
    22 September 2021

    Are you a charity looking for office space in central Reading? This may be of interest to you. Citizens Advice Reading (CAR) proposes to offer between one-third and one-half of its main office area at Unit 33, Minster Street, for the shared use of another Registered Charity looking for a central Reading location. Access to the ...

  • How should Reading market itself? A chance to have your say
    21 September 2021

    Reading UK, Reading Borough Council and The University of Reading are working to develop a place story and marketing approach for Reading. This will help celebrate the best of Reading, build civic pride, confidence in Reading, market the area to attract inward investment, create jobs, and support existing business. In September, there will be two ‘virtual’ ...

  • First Trauma Informed Network meeting
    21 September 2021

    One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership had their first Trauma Informed Network meeting in June this year.  Lots of people from the partnership attended making the meeting full of interesting thoughts and ideas. The first meeting sought to establish whether partners thought a network was a good idea and, if yes, what would partners ...

  • Help children enjoy reading in Whitley, Caversham and Coley schools
    21 September 2021

    ABC to read aims to advance the education and self confidence of children in Berkshire, particularly by helping them overcome reading difficulties, thereby promoting their general well being. They are looking to recruit more volunteers to assist local children, and are particularly keen for people who would be able to assist in schools in Whitley, Caversham ...

  • Sport in Mind – After School Youth Sessions and Sport, Exercise and Mental Health Workshop
    21 September 2021

    “My child loved the Sport in Mind Youth sessions and kept asking when they can go back” Following on from the success of their summer youth programme, Sport in Mind are delighted to announce that their after school sessions are back. The feedback they have had from the participants and their families has been hugely positive ...

  • Food4Families summer sessions: a hit with kids and parents!
    21 September 2021

    For many school-aged children receiving free school meals, the summer holidays can be challenging due to the costs of holiday activities. The Holiday Activity Fund has been established to help respond to these issues by providing free, accessible, and regular holiday activities for school-aged children. Food4Families has had a successful series of free summer sessions thanks ...

  • Action Media – Untold Stories
    21 September 2021

    Untold Stories is a documentary made by a group of young people in Reading giving an insight into the challenges they face on their journey into education and employment. Through a series of interviews, these young people shared their struggles with gaining access to vital work experience they require in order to apply for jobs. The ...

  • BCF Vital for Berkshire Fund – deadline 18 October 2021
    20 September 2021

    This Berkshire Community Fund (BCF) round of funding will focus broadly on charities serving key groups such as children and young people, older people, those with disabilities and those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic They we will prioritise charities and community groups that work to tackle issues and needs amongst: Children and young people Older people People with disabilities Those ...

  • Does your charity send donations abroad, such as for disaster relief?
    15 September 2021

    During the pandemic, when there are natural disasters or in times of acute need, charities and their members often wish to help those abroad in other countries by raising funds for specific causes, such as disaster relief, or money for medical equipment or other necessities. This is of course a worthwhile cause. If your charity is ...

  • Help shape RBC’s voluntary sector plans
    15 September 2021

    Voluntary and Community Sector services: ‘Your Voice Counts’ Local voluntary sector organisations are invited to join commissioners to discuss plans for a new commissioning framework for several Voluntary and Community Sector services operating from June 2022. We have recommitted and re-established positive ways of working with you through the pandemic and want to do more to build ...

  • Gift Aid Awareness Day 7 October 2021 – promote your charity
    14 September 2021

    Gift Aid Awareness Day encourages donors to ‘tick the box’ and explain why this tax relief is so vital to charities. It also helps to strengthen the message that Gift Aid is a vital source of income for charities. Gift Aid is worth around £1.3 billion to the UK charity sector each year Charity Finance Group ...

  • Age UK Reading has moved offices
    14 September 2021

    Age UK Reading has moved offices; their new address is: Walford Hall Carey Street Reading Berkshire RG1 7JS

  • Women’s Resource Centre – Black and minoritised women’s fund – deadline 1 October 2021
    13 September 2021

    Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) is a national charity committed to working towards human-rights by supporting and understanding small specialist women’s groups and charities. Through delivering programmes, creating networking opportunities and by campaigning and influencing decision-makers, the work that WRC does is essential to ensure a diverse and thriving sector that achieves the best outcomes for ...

  • Kings’s Fund – GSK Impact Awards URGENT deadline 20 September 2021
    13 September 2021

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. They are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, ...

  • PCC Community Fund – deadline Sunday 3 October 2021
    13 September 2021

    The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Community Fund is intended to support voluntary and community groups that help to prevent crime and keep communities safe. Money for the scheme comes from the Police Property Act Fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, and is created from the proceeds from the sale ...

  • Office space to rent in London Street – available October 2021
    13 September 2021

    A great opportunity to rent office space in central Reading from October 2021. Reading Community Learning Centre, based at 94 London Street, is looking for tenants to  share its Grade 2 listed building, and is also offering classrooms and meeting spaces for hire. Rent features: Top floor of 875 square feet, which consists of a very large room, ...

  • Afternoon tea thank you event attended by RVA volunteers
    8 September 2021

    Two members of the Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) volunteer team who have been supporting projects during the Covid-19 pandemic attended an Afternoon Tea at Ascot Racecourse on Monday 7 September. The event, organised by Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF), celebrating the wonderful achievements of Berkshire’s voluntary sector during the pandemic was attended by a range of representatives ...

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